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captioning sponsored by cbs and johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations. >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. we switched over to daylight saving time very early this morning. just six days from now, we'll be saying hello to spring. not a moment too soon for the millions of people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder. and then it's on to the gift of life. legacy of a woman who died in obscurity and whose remarkable
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contribution to medicine is only now being widely recognized. jim axelrod will have her story. >> reporter: in 1951 as henrietta lacks lay dying from cancer, researchers took a sample of her cells. they became the raw material for nearly every major medical advance in the past half century. >> they were used to help test the polio vaccine. in the first space mission, some of the first genes ever mapped. >> reporter: henrietta lacks and her immortal cells later on sunday morning. >> osgood: say the name tallulah in show business circles and everyone knows you're talking about the legendary performer of stage, screen and radio. she is now making her broadway comeback with the help of a beloved performer of today. rita braver will take us front row center. >> reporter: at first you may not realize that the role of notoriously hard-living
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tallulah bankhead is being played by tv's rhoda morgan stern. >> i'll take a burbon and water. without water. >> reporter: also known as valerie harper. >> it was such a transformation from the valerie harper i know. >> thank you for saying that. i hope i did fool you. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, from rhodo to to lieu a. >> osgood: mr. las vegas is a purely honorary title bestowed on one of those town's most notorious performers. >> ladies and gentlemen, the american legend, wayne newton. >> reporter: he's been filling the house in las vegas for 50 years. wayne newton is beloved by his fans. but if you get on his bad side, watch out. >> there's a kind of humor
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you're doing about me, pal, nobody does. i'll knock you on your ass. >> reporter: you said that to johnny carson. >> outright. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, visiting las vegas with mr. las vegas. >> osgood: blanket coverage of a hot retailing rivalry is what our mo rocca has to offer this morning. >> it's been a brutal winter. but from hipster bar crawls.... >> my arms go through here. >> reporter: sts to senior center rec rooms. >> it's just nice and cuddlely. >> reporter: america is taking cover. >> it's time to get on your snugy. >> that's right. >> reporter: call them stleeved blankets, snugees or slankets, whatever you call them, they're hotter than ever. >> we had sold blankets all over the world. >> reporter: blanket coverage later on sunday morning. >> osgood: we'll visit matt damon on the set of the new controversial iraq war film green zone, read letters of
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condolence written to first lady jackie kennedy and more but first the ed lines for this sunday morning, the 14th of march, 2010. strong winds and driving rains have toppled trees and power lines across the northeast. new york city and southern new jersey were among the hardest hit areas-three people were reportedly killed by fallen trees and power outages affected more than half a million customers. irish police have freed an american woman suspected in a plot to kill a swedish artist. jamie ramirez was one of seven people arrested. they were accused of planning to assassinate a man who had drawn the prophet mohammed with the body of a dog. all but three of them have now been freed t vatican is fighting back against a campaign to connect the pope to child abuse cases in germany. there are reports benedict xvi covered up abuse by priests. the vatican denies the accusations saying the pope is the target of a smear campaign. the faa has ordered about 600
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boeing 737s, roughly half of those flying in the united states, to undergo tail flap inspections. that order comes after a 737 on a flight from the netherlands to madrid made an emergency landing due to excessive vibration. extensive damage was found on its tail flap. questions are being raised by last monday's incident involving a reportedly out of control toyota prius. the man claimed he couldn't stop his car as it sped up to 94 miles an hour along a california highway. but investigators have not been able to replicate problem leaving some to doubt the man's story. the financial times is reporting that google is all but certain to close its search engine in china. that because of differences with the chinese government over censorship. march madness begins today. selection sunday, when 65 college basketball teams will be chosen to compete in the ncaa championship tournament. you can find out if your favorite team makes the cut this evening right here on cbs.
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now today's weather. more wind and rain in the northeast. snow in the rockies. sunshine in the south. all that rain believed to have led to more flooding in the east over the next couple of days. the forecast is mostly mild across the country by midweek. ahead, why modern medicine is in her debt. and mr. las vegas, wayne newton. [ crowd cheering ] male announcer ] competition... it pushes us to work harder.
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>> we're up this early for rhyme and reason. we've changed the clocks to match the season. for that hour of sun everyone has been craving, we all sprang forward for daylight saving. it's a trick, of course, today's switch to daylight saving time by itself doesn't create any extra sunlight at all. still the longer days that come with spring are genuinely welcome by all especially those emotionally affected by the darkness of the winter season. our cover story is is reported now by jeff glor. ♪ little darling, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter ♪ >> reporter: had enough of this? ♪ here comes the sun >> reporter: with spring right around the corner, it's time to say good bye to the bitter temperatures, the blowing snow. time to slough off those
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bundled layers. and for millions of us, time to get back to normal after a season of s.a.d., seasonal affective disorder. >> there were times when i couldn't hardly get out of bed. >> reporter: steven says it's like living life in a fog. >> i ended up feeling very isolated. i felt uninterested in most anything that interested me prior to severe depression. >> i would feel sluggish mentally also. kind of like there were cobwebs or cotton in my brain. >> reporter: lynn has grappled with it for years. >> and feeling that life is kind of bleak. you know, the saying about rose-colored glasses. when you have s.a.d., it feels like you're wearing gray glasses. just everything feels kind of gray. >> reporter: what distinguishes s.a.d. from
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other kinds of depressions is its uncanny link to the calendar. does this come on like clock work? >> the same time every year? >> every fall, probably around, i'd say, november. for me. the slump would start. it would lift in the spring. that was like clock work. >> reporter: steven and lynn are among an estimated 10 million americans who grapple with full-blown s.a.d. millions more suffer with less severe symptoms. if you're one of those skeptics who think s.a.d. is a made for tv ailment, this doctor begs to differ. >> it's as severe as any depression. >> reporter: he specializes in s.a.d. research at columbia university medical center in new york. to the people who say, this is not real, your response is what? >> there's nothing to joke about a depression. it's a miserable experience for these people for up to
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five months each year. >> reporter: what makes s.a.d. unique is not only when it strikes but where. doctors find that s.a.d. is about two-and-a-half times more common in pennsylvania and north than it in, say, texas or florida. that might not be surprising. after all, here in miami, winter feels an awful lot like summer. but researchers say it's not really the temperature that keeps s.a.d. at bay. it's the light. winter days in the south are longer than in the north. >> i feel better the minute i step outdoors. >> reporter: right away? >> really it's that fast for me. it's different for different people. >> reporter: since s.a.d. seems to be linked to our exposure to light doctors urge patients to get outside during the day. >> if you're in a pretty place like this.... >> reporter: which is why lynn calls the winter walking tour she gives at the brooklyn bow tan i can garden chasing away the winter blues.
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and then there are contraptions like these. how much of a difference has a light box made in your life? >> it's a tremendous difference. it maintains my good mood each day. >> reporter: doctors believe that's because bright light inhibits the brain's production of the hormone melatonin which makes us sleepy. dr. norman rosenthal, a pioneer in s.a.d.-research, was one of the first scientists to understand the lynn... linkage between s.a.d.and light. >> it stimulates the retina that the eye should send signals back to the brain. >> reporter: no surprise then that light therapy has become the most common treatment for symptoms of s.a.d. the doctor says its effects are almost immediate. >> if i come to you with a severe case of s.a. --, how quickly can you turn that around? >> best case scenario is three days. >> reporter: dr. rosenthal
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says there's reason to believe other brain chemicals are light sensitive as well. >> one is seratonin. others are newer epinephrine and dope mean all three of which are also affected by anti-depressants. >> reporter: what about anti-depressants? doctors believe they can work as well. steven rachbscraft says for him a combination of anti-depressant drugs works best of all. >> i was saying to my wife, you know, this is really different. you know, this year i'm not even bucking up and struggling through or pushing through, determined. i'm just, you know, living life. >> reporter: still more treatments are on the horizon including a variation of light therapy dubbed simulated dawn. a computer slowly turns on a bedroom light in early morning as you sleep. and maybe polar bears are on to something. no, not these pole or bears.
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these polar bears. those fans of frigid waters may not be so crazy after all. because crashing waves, thunderstorms and waterfalls all create negative ions as air molecules are torn apart. while scientists don't understand why, they do know that negative ions seem to have a positive effect. >> so this is an electronic ionizer. this is a new kid on the block. >> reporter: this doctor is now experimenting. using the ions as a cutting-edge treatment for s.a.d. ♪ little darling, i feel the ice is slowly melting ♪ >> reporter: for years, it was just something about the winter. something only the spring could cure. today victims of s.a.d. no longer have to suffer in the dark. ♪ i say it's all right
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march 14, 1976, 34 years ago today. the day hollywood lost its greatest behind-the-scenes song-and-dance man. for it was on that day that director busby berkeley died at the age of 80. a veteran of the first world war, berkeley mixed military precision with musical fantasy in a series of upbeat movies during the great depression ♪ we're in the money >> osgood: "we're in the money" was the cheery show stopper from his film gold diggers in 1933. ♪ >> osgood: while the signature song "42nd street" and
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"lullaby of broad way" in gold diggers took movie goers on a guided tour of new york. singing cats and cavorting water nymphs competed for attention in foot light parade. who could take their eyes off all those ruby kiehler look- alikes? dancing their way through "i only have eyes for you" in the film "dames." audiences eventually tired of berkeley's style of over-the-top entertainment. he spent his last years largely out of the limelight. he was hardly forgotten. >> make way for the great american soup. >> can you give me that again? >> reporter: stan freeberg paid homage to berkeley in this 1970 commercial for the great american soup starring ann miller.
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i only wanted to make people happy, he is quoted as saying, if only for an hour. busby berkeley is still making people happy after much more than an hour. >> osgood: next, meet some veteran actors. noodle soupicken is made with fresh egg noodles. 32 feet in every can. ♪ so many, many reasons ♪ it's so m'm! m'm! good ♪
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we got in there. i'm saying there's a disconnect between what's in these packets and what we're seeing on the ground. there's a problem with the intelligence, sir. >> the soldier actors insist the film is not anti-war. >> i think it's a movie about the truth. i don't think there's anything more patriotic than finding the truth about why, you know, nearly 4,000 u.s. troops have been killed and tens of thousands of iraqis. >> the level of realism is so high that it actually blurs the line between information
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and entertainment. which is one reason why the soldiers who are helping to make it that way say they agree to be in the movie in the first place. >> it may look bad but it's an accurate representation of what we did over there. and the things that we experienced. >> corporal brian sitkey should know. he served on a team looking for wmd. for him going on location in morocco was like stepping back in time. >> reporter: you walk down to medina where they have the big markets and everything. it's real crowded. you just... the nerves come right back. you don't feel safe. you know, it took about two or three days for a lot of us to get over that. >> lead actor matt damon being around soldiers who both knew what they were doing and at the same time are learning to cope with what they went through helped him fit into his role. >> it's really a process about it's a process where you're surrounded by the real thing. you just fall into it a lot easier.
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>> reporter: however grim, a learning experience. whether audiences choose to relive this particular chapter of recent history will perhaps best be determined by this weekend's box office. >> what kind of a doctor would prescribe that many pills at once? >> i don't know. it's not prescription. >> reporter: still to come, tallulah bankhead, a tough act to follow. >> ladies and gentlemen, the american legend. >> reporter: unless you happen to be the one and only wayne newton.
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>> got me everything i want up to now. >> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: to lieu a bankhead stole the show in the 1944 movie life boat as she invariably did on stage, screen or radio. now 41 years after her death tallulah bankhead is back on broadway seemingly channeled by an accomplished actress of today. rita braver shows us tallulah, then and now. (phone ringing) >> hello, darling. >> reporter: her voice, her witt, and her face were captivating.
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you can't take your eyes off tallulah bankhead in film's like alfred hitchcock's 1944 "life boat." but it was tallulah's real-life behavior that really got people's attention. "i'm as pure as the driven slush" she said. >> she was very promiscuous, a self-proclaimed bi-sexual long before brittany and lindsey, tallulah bankhead was doing things in the '30s and '40s that most actresses wouldn't dream of. >> reporter: this playwright was fascinated by her outrageous and ticks. there were stories she turned cartwheels in front of people without wearing the proper underclothes. >> she did a lot of things like that. she smoked 100 cigarettes a day. she drank burbon and gin like it was water. >> reporter: he wrote a show about her that opens on broadway tonight.
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>> i'll take a burbon and water without water. >> reporter: if you're thinking, that actress playing tallulah looks kind of familiar.... >> i know people are usually running up to you and going rhoda, right? >> yes. it's true, yeah. >> reporter: it's valerie harper. >> rhoda. >> reporter: from the mary tyler moore show. >> i'm engaged. >> no clam. >> you're right. i'm not engaged but he's closing in. >> my name.... >> reporter: later her own spin-off. >> shouldn't i sign it? i mean this is my office. >> they prefer that the man of the house sign it. >> reporter: yes, that valerie harper is now transforming herself each night into tallulah. >> i've looked at pictures of her. i do my own make-up. i replicate the shape of her eye. she's so extravagant in her personality, so specific. her affect tags became who she really was.
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>> reporter: and, of course, there was her language. >> now new york. that is a great city. do you want to know why it's a great city. because it was built for (beep) morons. everything is numbered. you get lost in manhattan, you don't deserve to be found. >> we say kids over 12 because don't bring them to see rhoda. mom and dad will be mad at me. >> reporter: harper is, in fact, a veteran broadway actress. >> it's thrilling. you know, to be on the marquis is great. >> reporter: she loves the fact that the theater, where the new show is playing, is just a block from the ol gone quinn hotel where bankhead who was born in 1902 lived when she first came to new york at age 15 to break into the theater.
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fresh from jasper, alabama, the deskedent of a prominent political family. >> there as an alabama bankhead in congress for 60 years straight. grandpa was a senator. uncle john was a senator. her father, will, was speaker of the house. he was almost running mate with fdr, with roosevelt. >> you touch my purse? >> i just moved it. >> touching a woman's purse is like touching her vagina. >> reporter: to prepare for the role, harper studied everything she could find, even a cartoon character bankhead is said to have inspired. cruella de vil in 101 dalmatians. >> a great many things have been said about miss tallulah bankhead. she was such a celebrity that edward r.murrow interviewed her on person to person in 1953. >> why do you call everybody darling? >> now, you know why, because
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i can't remember names snrlt bankhead was an accomplished actress, a star of stage and screen. large and small even appearing as herself the new neighbor on the lucy-desi comedy hour. >> how do you, darling? >> reporter: in later years her wild lifestyle seemed to catch up with tallulah. the new play called looped is based on a real event. >> the title stands for the fact that she had to do a looping session or rerecording a line or several lines from her final film d die downmy darling." but it also has to do with the fact that she showed up drunk during the recording session. >> reporter: in the 1965 film bankhead plays the villain. a religious fanatic who takes stephanie powers hostage. >> she was not only a performer but a bit of an exhibitionist. >> reporter: she remembers being summoned to bankhead
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high school dressing room during the shoot. >> frequently she might be sitting naked on the toilet. >> reporter: when ban beinghead showed up to rerecord this line from the film.... >> even though >> reporter: someone made an audio tape of the marathon session where bankhead kept stumbling. >> as i was telling you, patricia, >> it has a literal effect. >> well one time is one and one is another. you don't call me at 10:30. >> come on. take the cigarette out of your mouth. >> at first i thought it was hysterical because she's drunk and belligerent. she can't get the line. but then the more i listened to it, there was a sadness in her voice.
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>> reporter: which you can hear in the play as well. >> so patricia, as i was telling you, that.... >> it's the new director. >> right. >> reporter: by 1968, tallulah bankhead was dead at 66. >> her body had gone through just about as much, i suppose, as a body could stand with alcohol and drugs and just an overindulgence in life, i think. >> describe yourself. >> divinely impossible. >> reporter: impossible but when you study her life, you come to understand that.... >> that this is really a person of substance, that there was a reason she was so famous. there was a fearlessness to her. she had tragic things in her life but you think of tallulah as fun, a good time, and her
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famous words of all were "press on." >> i don't think it's a good idea that you drink during our according session. >> i was drinking during the shoot. you (beep) to sound authentic. >> osgood: next, time out. we are surrounded by information. human beings use their 5 senses to understand the world. on a smarter planet, organizations have their own set of senses to analyze data from multiple sources and make sense of it instantly. banks can anticipate credit fraud, trains can run with fewer delays. the more types of data we understand, the smarter we become. i help organizations sense the world around them. i'm an ibmer.
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by benjamin franklin first proposed that folks rise earlier in summer to match the sun. but it wasn't until 92 years ago in 1918 that congress approved the first daylight saving law as an energy-saving measure during world war i. as of four years ago, daylight saving time has begun by law on the second sunday of march and continued through the early morning of the first sunday of november. as for the human impact one medical study found a 6 to 10% increase in the number of serious heart attacks during the first three days of daylight saving. while a wall street study found sleep deprived traders losing as much as $31 billion on that first monday. of course, people can't experience any of the benefits or down sides of daylight saving if they can't figure out how to advance their clocks or timers and other high-tech gadgetry. nationwide we suspect the
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scientists were on the brink of a golden age of medicine. jonas salk was racing to develop the polio vaccine but his work and that of countless others was hampered because they lacked a critical tool: human cells for testing. scientists had been trying for years to keep human cells alive in the lab. but none of them lasted very long. until henrietta lacks showed up at hopkins. >> with her under anesthesia, they just took the small piece of her tumor without her knowing and they put it in a dish and sent it down the hall to george guy who was the head of tissue culture research at hopkins. he had been trying to grow human cells for decades. it had never worked. hers just took off. >> reporter: took off doesn't begin to describe it. for the first time in history, human cells could be grown and infinitely replicated outside the body. henrietta lacks died in october 1951, just eight
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months after seeking help at hopkins. but her cells lived on. multiplying by the billions. why? what was there specific to henrietta lacks, her cells? >> we know mechanically that the cells stay alive because they have this enzyme in them that rebuilds the ends of their chromosome. the cells never get old. they don't die. but why her cells did that when all the other cells didn't is still a little bit of a mystery. >> reporter: to this day, cells named by bining the first two letters of henrietta with the first two of lacks, hela, cells are a cornerstone of modern medicine. kick off all the ways that hela cells have been use. >> we'd be sitting here for weeks. like hundreds and thousands of studies. test the polio vaccine so it could be approved for use in people. they went up in the first
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spatial mission to see what would happen to human cells. hers were the first cells ever cloned some of the first genes ever mapped. they've been used to create drugs from, you know, some of our basic cancer drugs. i mean the range of things that hela cells have been used for.... >> reporter: it's hard to imagine science in the last half a century without hela cells. >> oh, hela is special. scientists who come to my talks, they say to me you cannot overestimate how important hela cells have been. >> reporter: you do remember your mother getting sick? >> yeah, yeah. i didn't know exactly what it were then because nobody ever told me. >> reporter: lawrence lacks, the oldest of henrietta's five children, wasn't the only one left in the dark. no one in the family had been informed by johns hopkins of the existence of their mother's cells until a researcher called in the early 1970s wanting to test the family. >> henrietta's husband got a
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phone call one day. the way he understood it was we've got your wife. she's alive in a laboratory. we've been doing research on her for the last 25 years. the only cell he ever heard of was in a prison. they thought they have her in a cell, part of her in a cell. >> reporter: the news left the lacks family confused. and scared. >> when you look at this in the con test of the family's story, you know, 25 years after her death not only were her cells still alive but there were enough of them that you could pile them all on a scale they'd weigh 50 million metric tons like 150 empire state buildings. inconceiveable that it could be true. it was. >> i almost feel raped like the family feels raped. you know, they did it and nobody told us. >> reporter: from my sitting in that living room last night, my sense was there's the devil in all of this is johns hopkins university for the family. >> absolutely for the family, yeah, for the family johns
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hopkins is absolutely the bad guy. >> johns hopkins needs to do a better job of communicate ing with the family and recognizing it. >> reporter: dr. daniel ford is a vice dean at johns hopkins school of medicine. using henrietta's cells for research he maintains was standard practice for the time. >> well, i think if we go back to that time and compare it to now, there was probably more of a focus on the science and discovery with less consideration of what it meant to that individual that was going to be part of the scientific process, whether they knew it or not. >> reporter: the hospital is working on acknowledging the lacks family, but it's a tricky situation. >> the reason why although the henrietta lacks case is the one that we're talking about and has the highest profile, that is not the only patient that has contributed to the research, you know, agenda of johns hopkins or the nation.
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so one of the issues is talking about precedent and what does that mean. >> reporter: what that means among other things is money. and while hopkins claims it never sold hela cells, the same can't be said for medical supply companies. is there any way to calculate how much money has been made off henrietta lacks' cells? >> no. i mean they were the first cells ever commercialized. that was in the '50s. you can buy online hela cells or products made using hela cells from $200 a vile up to $10,000 a vile. they are still, you know, the most widely used cells in the world. >> reporter: it's an incalculable amount of money. >> yeah. >> reporter: consider this. the family of the woman whose cells changed medical history can't afford health insurance. henrietta's middle child, sonny, is $100,000 in debt after by-pass surgery. how does that leave you
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feeling? >> it leaves me feeling kind of not angry a little bit that i don't have the medical coverage and then that my mother's cells are being used all over the world for science purpose. and then the medical coverage we have is 0. me and my brother. >> reporter: no medical coverage. no money. and one more thing. the lacks family and henrietta have gone without: recognition. >> we talk about hopkins. you know, hopkins have a wing for this here and a wing for that. it would be nice if hop kin s would have a henrietta lacks wing. >> but one thing i'm going to say is that i think it's wrong out of all that money they made off my mother, she down there in virginia in an unmarked grave. this is one grave right here. >> reporter: at least that's about to change. >> henrietta lacks monument right here. >> reporter: just last week henrietta's family learned of the exact spot where their
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mother was buried. next to her mother, eliza pleasant in the shade of an old oak. a donated head stone will be placed there come spring. >> they used to tell me stories about my mother. you know, she was very.... >> reporter: your mother was a giver. >> she. she was a giver. she still is doing it. she's still giving. just makes me feel good that my mother has contributed so much and it's been known that henrietta lacks is still living today. >> osgood: just ahead, a
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>> osgood: more than 46 years have come and gone since president john f. kennedy was assassinated in dallas. his death shocked americans in every walk of life. and moved many thousands to
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try to put their feelings into words. nancy cordes looks back. >> reporter: president john f. kennedy died on a friday. by the following monday, 45,000 letters of condolence had already arrived at the white house. eventually the grieving first lady would receive more than a million-and-a-half letters. >> it is my greatest wish that all of these letters be acknowledged. they will be but it will take a long time to do so. >> dear jackie, since i can't say hello to you in person as i'd like to do, i am sending this special card to say i'm thinking of you. >> reporter: marilyn davenport was a 33-year-old housewife on long island and mother of three when she sent her handwritten note to mrs. kennedy. >> i know you will never be in need of a friend, but if you ever want a new one to talk to,
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i'm a very good listener. >> reporter: her letter is one of 15,000 that were stored away for posterity all those years ago at the kennedy presidential library in boston which is where university of new hampshire professor ellen fitzpatrick stumbled across them and decided to read every single one. >> they're from every state in the union. they are from children as young as seven years old, and there's a letter from a 99-year-old man who had lived through all four presidential assassinations. >> reporter: his letter and some 249 others made it into fitzpatrick's book. >> i didn't even remember the letter until i got the call from professor fitzpatrick. >> reporter: kevin has a good excuse. he was just eight years old when he wrote his note to the first lady. >> i wanted to phone you but my father told me not to because it is not polite so i didn't. it is very sad especially for you. he was the best president in the whole world.
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lee had a good weapon and he could not miss. i wish he did miss and didn't even think of killing. i guess some people are that way and don't think of what they're doing. >> reporter: nearly 47 years later kevin is an investment banker in new york city. >> when i read the letter i was kind of proud of it. it does bring you back to what your frame of mind has been. i'm pleased to think that some of those values i still retain. >> reporter: dear god, oh, why? wrote one distraught american. i cried my eyes out, wrote another. 22-year-old ellen diamond told the first lady she would remember the horror of kennedy's death.... >> the rest of my life. i will remember his greatness and what he meant to me all my life. the two will live side by side. neither shall blot out the other. >> reporter: along with the hundreds of thousands of letters, mrs. kennedy received art work, bibles, people sent pictures of themselves. ordinary americans who had
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never, would never meet the kennedys, but still somehow felt they knew them. >> part of it was that they were a young couple. it was a young president. she was just a year older than me. with children. like i had children. >> reporter: perhaps that's why marilyn davenport felt pold enough all those years ago to pass along her phone number. just in case. >> if you ever want to talk, just call. very fondly, marilyn davenport. this is a postscript. you probably will never even read this card, but if you do, it is sent most seniorly. ... sincerely. >> this is kind of my personal museum. >> osgood: coming up at home with wayne newton. and later, mo rocca. >> very warm. a lot of it. >> osgood: undercover. ♪
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osgood. >> osgood: the song is performed by wayne newton also known as mr. las vegas. that's a title he's held many a year. as a result he has many a story to tell. richard schlesinger of "48 hours" now with this sunday profile. >> reporter: if you haven't checked on wayne newton recently here's the latest. his voice broke, he went broke, but he's pretty well fixed now and maybe fixing to retire. ♪ this whole world will keep on turning around ♪ > he's back on the las vegas
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strip in his latest show. and at age 67, he's still filling the room. it's a look back at his career ♪ as long as i'm singing >> reporter: trip down the strip, that is wayne newton's memory lane. >> 50 years here in town, i started show business in virginia at the age of four. i don't remember when i wasn't working. ♪ she said we had broke the rules ♪ > he started singing on the front porch, so the story goes. it was a simple little song called "blues in my mind." doub do you remember how it went. >> ♪ i ought to hate you for these blues in my mind ♪ ♪ troubles surround you, baby, all of the time ♪ how is that?
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for a four-year-old. >> reporter: pretty good. do you still sing it when people aren't asking you? >> i haven't sung it, i guarantee you. in 60 years. ♪ don't run away from my love ♪ >> reporter: but he's sung lots of others since he arrived here at age 15, having been discovered in phoenix with his brother jerry. >> this agent came through town. his name was bookie levine. >> reporter: come on. >> bookie levine. ♪ i'm blue, i'm sad and i'm... ♪ > and it was bookie levine who got wayne newton to las vegas with his brother. >> welcome to las vegas, kid. >> thank you, sir. >> reporter: newton's show starts with a dramatic recreation of his arrival. >> you work from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. you're going to be doing six shows a night, six nights a week. >> reporter: were you scareded? >> i was scared. it was the first time away from home ♪ they call him little juke
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box ♪ > within days he was doing six shows a night at the free month hotel in the bar. playing there had its risks and its rewards. >> we had everything happen from people throwing beer bottles at you and then we had ladies who would drink too much and then reveal themselves. that happened pretty constantly. >> reporter: but it all led to bigger things. newton and his brother started playing at the cope a cabana in new york where wayne met bobby darren and suddenly nothing was the same. bobby darren was an established super star whose record company wanted him to record a new song. but darren thought it should be performed by wayne newton. as if i don't know, let me ask you, what was the song? >> the song was dankeshen.
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>> reporter: it became his signature song which may have surprised newton. >> it was so foreign to me in that my background was country music. >> reporter: i get the feeling you didn't love the song. >> i didn't love the song, no. >> reporter: that changed pretty quickly. how many times do you think you've sung that song? >> i would guess probably 100,000 times. >> reporter: the song has been mimicked and mocked for years. >> i think it's been featured in 22 motion pictures. i just got a check from capital records last week, in fact. >> reporter: you're still making some money off that? >> yes. >> reporter: how do you feel about it now? >> i love it.
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>> reporter: it caught the attention of the rat pack, frank sinatra and the others became wayne newton's new best friends. >> i think i was a throwback to their generation musically because my contemporaries were in the beatles and the rolling stones. i'm doing bang owe things and fiddle things and danke shoen and big band stuff. i feel like that these people wanteded to make sure i survived. ♪ won't you come home, bill bailey ♪ > once it happened for him in las vegas, he stayed in las vegas. he dumped his brother from the act. they barely have spoken since but wayne newton's career grew along with the town. reporters started calling him mr. las vegas. and a drive down the strip shows he still wears the title well.
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you can't sneak around this town. >> good, bad or otherwise he is the las vegas product. >> reporter: this man covers wayne newton for the las vegas sun. >> he's one of the last surviving icons to a period of time that has been highly romanticized. back in the rat packer a. if you want to see how a performer behaved in front of a crowd wayne newton is one of the very few who still represents that. >> reporter: wayne newton keeps his memories of the old days 50 years of bric-a-brac in one room of his house. whose violin is this? >> this belonged to jack benny. he took a beer opener in front of the entire audience and signed it. don't bother me anymore. >> reporter: but there are also reminders of his serious work. he is the celebrity face of
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the u.s.o.and their frequent flyer to overseas bases. >> isn't that fabulous. i love your accent. >> reporter: of course, the voice isn't what it used to be. but what is after 50 years of hard work? people have made a lot of jokes about him. he's laughed at some of them. but not all of them. wayne newton has a memory that is long and can be unforgiving towards people he thinks have done him wrong. insult him and he will not turn the other cheek. he will not let it go. and there will be no more mr. nice guy from mr. las vegas. when johnny carson started doing gaiman jokes about him, newton confronted him face to face. >> i said, okay, i'm here to find out what your problem is. because the kind of humor you're doing about me, pal, nobody does. i'll knock you on your ass.
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>> reporter: you said that to johnny carson. >> outright. >> reporter: did you mean it? >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: would you have punch him? >> absolutely. >> reporter: would you have knocked him on his ass? >> absolutely. >> reporter: do you like that about yourself that you carry grudges? >> no, i don't because i realize that the grudge i carry doesn't hurt the person that i'm carrying the grudge about. it hurts me but it doesn't hurt them. >> reporter: and it was that kind of never-forgive, never forget, never give up approach that bankrupted him when nbc aired a story linking him to the mob, newton sued, spent ten years and $8 million. he ended up with an early victory that was overturned by an appeals court. how did you get out of bankruptcy? >> worked. i worked 52 weeks a year. >> ladies and gentlemen, the american legend, wayne newton. >> reporter: in three years he was living large again.
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his house is on a ranch not far from the strip. he shares it with his second wife, his daughter, charlie the penguin, and his prize- winning arabian horses who sell for a million dollars and up. is this a good horse? >> she is one of our top phillies, yes. >> reporter: newton who has recently been back in the headlines and not in a good way. creditors are coming after him for some unpaid debts. it's one more bump in the long road that stretches from the free month hotel where his las vegas career started and where wayne newton recently admitted he's thinking about the end. >> at what point do i say enough? >> reporter: are you making news here? are you telling me you might retire? >> it has crossed my mind. >> reporter: in a run characterized by both ridicule and respect, but it's turned out okay for mr. las vegas.
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>> osgood: congressional democrats hope to path a health care bill this week through something called reconciliation. that's to avoid what's called a procedural filibuster which can only be brought to an end by a cloture vote which means a vote by 60 members of the senate. some thoughts on all this from contributor timothy noah of slate magazine. >> if ever there were a senate tradition that deserves no respect it's the filibuster. i blame frank capra. ever see his 1939 movie mr. smith goes to washington. in the climax jefferson smith an ideal young senator played by jimmy stewart conducts a
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filibuster. >> how am i doing? >> reporter: mr. smith is a great movie. but it left the filibuster moral luster it didn't deserve. in real life the filibuster's frequent target was a series of anti-lynching bills opposed by a handful of southern white democrats. the same year mr. smith came out pop culture supplied a truer picture of the filibuster, billie holliday's haunting recording strange fruit. ♪ black bodies swinging in the sunny breeze ♪ ♪ strange fruit hanging from the popular trees ♪ >> reporter: in the bad old days just about the only good thing you could say about the filibuster was it wasn't used very often. usually you saw at most one or two in any given year. the old-fashioned stem-winding filibuster was replaced with a new fangled procedural filibustering. senator noz longer had to speech fi themselves hoarse like jimmy stewart. >> there's no place out there
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for greed or lies. >> reporter: they could simply point out that the majority lacked 06 votes to halt the filibuster. where once you'd see one or two filibusters each year in the 1950s, the number rose to 20 to 30 in the 1970s. and then in 2007, the democrats regained the senate majority. would you like to guess how much filibusters republicans waged in 2007 and 2008? 112. today, we take it for granted that any major piece of legislation needs not 51 votes to pass but 60. the senate has become a sort of quaker meeting house where every decision must be unanimous or close to it. the world's greatest deliberative body is now a mow last he is pit. back in 2005, a few senators in the republican majority wanted to restore simple majority rule by restricting the filibuster's use. democrats screamed bloody murder and the g.o.p. backed off. now in 2010 a few senators want to restore simple
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majority rule by restricting the filibuster's use. the senate won't take action because it has a high regard for its traditions. one of those traditions is the filibuster. another tradition though is passing legislation of significance. that may be rendered ex-tingted by the filibuster. given the choice between traditions, i know which i'd choose. >> osgood: commentary. now to bob schieffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on face the nation. >> good morning, charles. we'll talk about the showdown on health care. we'll hear from robert gibbs who speaks for the president. and karen ignagni who speaks for the insurance industry. >> osgood: ahead now here on sunday morning. cozying up to just the right blanket. but most of us find it hard to get as much as we need or want. try del monte fruit naturals. these portable cups of pre-cut, chilled fruit are ready-to-eat, so the only thing you need to peel is the lid.
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>> osgood: plenty of tv news organizations promise blanket coverage of important issues. this morning our mo rocca delivers. >> reporter: remember the winter of 2007? way back then, we had to keep warm with blankets. blankets that had no stleef... sleeves. how did we survive? >> now there's the snuggy, the blanket with sleeves. the snuggy keeps you totally warm. >> reporter: as you're watching this broadcast you may very well be wearing a snuggy. >> perfect for men, women and children too.
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>> reporter: 20 million snuggys have sold since its debut in 2008. from the world of fashion to late night tv.... >> let's call it what it really is. a full length bib. >> reporter: america has swaddled itself in the snuggy. even the family dog. >> congratulations. we have a set a world record. >> reporter: just this month over 20,000 cleveland cavalier fans donned snuggys, setting a world record. >> i had a story from a friend of mine whose grandmother knitted her daughter an afghan for the holidays. when the grandmother came and the daughter opened it up, she said grandma this is great but where is the sleeves. >> reporter: scott boylan is president of all star, maker of aqua globes, the big stop
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cup cakes and bender-oos. but none of his product has become the cultural phenomenon that snugy has. >> matching slipper socks. >> reporter: it has smothered the competition. competition? that's right. snuggy wasn't first. >> it was close to 0 degrees. i was beneath my blanket, a normal blanket that didn't have sleeves. we had a really old tv. so the remote signal wouldn't pass through. >> reporter: in 1997, gary clay was a freshman at the university of maine. >> i cut a hole in my blanket to poke out through so i could continue channel surfing. that is when the idea came. >> reporter: that idea? the slanket. his mother made him his first blanket with sleeves. soon enough, a business was born. at first on chat sites and blogs. he couldn't afford tv ads.
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>> this is the slanket. the original, the genuine. >> reporter: but by 2007 he was hawking slankets on qvc. >> i asked my mom could you please make me a blanket with sleeves. >> you know how indebted you are to her now, right? >> of course. >> i love my mother. one of our first time on qvc, i think we sold around 17,000 units in 11 minutes. >> reporter: the slanket wasn't patentable though. after all it's a back wardrobe. this is very warm. there's a lot of it. when the economy turned south, the snuggy snuck right in. >> we did have the unique timing of the recession. the car companies and the financials all pulled out of the advertising market. so there was a 90-day window back in the fall of 2008. we swooped in. we ran every bit of media we could. >> that's right! get on your snuggy. >> available in stunning zebra. >> the world's favorite blanket.... >> that's my size.
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>> reporter: the ads blanketed the air waves. but these weren't just any ads. we were nostalgic and kitschy. intentionally so. >> with snuggy, you can get up and still stay warm. >> reporter: you're willing to admit that the premise of the ad is a little bit absurd. >> absolutely. i mean it was definitely a little over the top. >> now there's a new product called blanket. you'll never have to get up again. >> reporter: the snuggy has been roundly mocked and no one has laughed harder than scott boylan. >> people call me all the time and say how did you make that happen? you can't just make it happen. sometimes on a product that just happens. you have to go with it and be a good enough company to build it into a long term brand. >> that's right. >> reporter: but hold on. sorry to sound like a wet blanket. what about quality? obviously you believe the slanket is higher quality than the snuggy. >> yeah. i mean, i think it's scientifically proven.
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>> reporter: indeed consumer reports wrote that after ten wash-and-dry cycles, the snuggy had clumped. but don't tell that to the crowd at this snuggy bar crawl in san francisco. so which blanket with sleeves is better? maybe it's time for a sleep-off. >> i don't see why people with sensitivity would want to deprive themselves as it comes in contact with the temperature of your mouth it bursts into a foam. because it's a foam it's able to seek out those nooks and crannies and really provide patients with all around protection and relief from the sensitivity. when it comes to the sensodyne iso-active whitening you also have a whitening ingredient which is going to help bring your teeth back to their natural whiteness. the usual? yes, please. anything else? ♪
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